Thursday, March 24, 2011

Leona Divide 50 Mile Trail Run - 04.30.11

The 19th annual Leona Divide 50 mile trail run will once again take place at the Lake Hughes Community Center (here) on April 30th, 2011.
  • 2011 Photos HERE.
  • 2011 Results HERE
  • My Garmin Splits HERE.
  • Race Website HERE 
  • FaceBook HERE.
  • Movie Trailer for Race HERE
  • Aid Station Challenge HERE.
  • 2009 Race Video HERE & HERE.
2011 Version
How I got to the Starting line:

After years of saying I was going to do a fifty miler, I finally signed up for it this year. Though I have never quit running or walking since I started in 1979, by 2008 I was over 300 pounds and mainly a walker. Despite walking an average of ten miles a day, I just kept getting bigger and bigger and slower and slower.

In 2008, I returned to the marathon and renewed my desire to complete a fifty miler. I walked the LA marathon and was going great for about 16 miles. I was walking a sub six hour marathon (13:44 pace) and felt great and the wheels fell off literally. from the ankles up, I felt great but my feet were killing me. My weight and the constant pounding of the walking made them hurt beyond description.

My 13 minute miles became 20 minute miles in a blink of an eye. After a few miles they went numb and I managed to finish in 7:01 (16:04 pace) and realized my dream of maybe walking a fifty was not possible. My feet would not allow it. I really enjoy walking more than running and so doe my left knee but if I wantred to complete a fifty miler, I knew I had to run some. Plus I had to lose weight.

But instead, I decided to walk even more and see if that would work and i started doing more and more miles with a little running thrown in. In 2009, they move the LA marathon to May and I decided to pass on it because I figured it would be to warm, So instead I decided to walk the Calico 50k in january but my training over the winter did not go well.

I could do 70 to 90 miles a week but could never go longer than 4 or 5 hours without my feet going out on me. with a few weeks to go till Calico, I realized I could not finish it before the time cut-offs and decided to have my oldest take my place and run the 30k in preparation for his marathon debut (He ran Surf City in 3:16). So once again I realized that I had to run despite my balky left knee if I ever wanted to be an ultra marathoner.

Why ultra marathons? Mainly because of Eddie Lujan Sr (The Chief) who I originally meet when I first moved to Bakersfield and I played NOR baseball with his son. Eddie drove us to practice but i do not really remember him as a runner back then but when I went to Highland his son Eddie Jr. was a really good runner and then I heard about the Chief running marathons.

So when I started running my junior year, I decided I was going to run a marathon and I did in the spring. I ran the BTC marathon and ran 3:01 and was really disappointed because some many older Bakersfield runners including the Chief beat me badly. In fact, the Chief use to run sub 2:40 marathons despite running 10ks at about the same pace.

Then I heard that he started running further than a marathon and I was intrigued. He and others in town ran 50 and 100 milers and were good at it. There was a time in town where at least ten guys were regularly running ultras and I knew I had to run one some day. But by my senior year, I had already found a new passion and despite running a 2:55 marathon, I started doing triathlons.

In 1981, (my senior year) Bakersfield had it's first triathlon and I entered it and won it. So even though I ran for UCSD, I thought of myself as a triathlete. I ran cross country for two years at UCSD and ran a 2:50 marathon after my sophomore cross country season and ran the Royal Bricker 50k (I believe in February on 1983.) from Oceanside to La Jolla. I did it in under 3:50and won a pair of Sacouny shoes.

But despite this success I took the triathlon path. In 1982, I came in second and for a number of years I was the top Bakersfield finisher and one year I won the Clydesdale division (over 200 pounds) but kids came and I did not have the money or time to do triathlons. So I went back to being a runner but I was a Clydesdale and did not even think of running marathons much less ultras.

Despite my size I could run about a 40 minute 10k but the weight kept coming on and soon I was 220 and running 44 minute 10ks. I did do the Long Beach marathon in the early 90s and ran 4:10 or so and felt so slow. then i really quit racing and got slower and slower. by the late 90s I was doing LA from time to time but doing in 5:30 or so and by 2000s, I quit racing completely after I won the Handicap Series.

Then for the next couple years I mainly walked a lot on my own and started coaching at Bakersfield High in the fall of 2006. Around this time I got a Garmin and started racking up more and more miles as a challenge to not only myself but also my athletes. As Arthur Lydiard (A Great New Zealand coach) often said "Miles Make Champions!". I soon did 70 mile weeks and challenged my varsity runners to meet my weekly mileage.

Slowly my weekly mileage to 80 then 90 and then finally I did a 100 mile week. In the spring of 2009, I left high school coaching and started coaching some local college runners at Yokuts Park. That summer I started seeing Joe Petersen coaching his boot camps and I camp up with the idea of a run camp and pitched it to him.

Joe saw the value of the run camp so in August of 2009, we started it. This was also when I decided to incorporate some running into my mileage. I still walked all the time by myself but would run at our practices with my clients. By time the LA marathon came around I was down to 260 and decided to use a walk a quarter mile then run a quarter mile strategy and hoped to break 6 hours.

During the race, I felt pretty good and then had to run a fast couple miles to break 6 hours but I did it. Since I barely broke 6 hours (5:58) I decided that I could not do the Leona 50 miler and finish under the cutoff. So I increased my mileage (70 to 90 miles a week) and tried to run a little more. Besides wanting to take on a 50 miler, I also wanted to summit Mt Whitney.

In August of 2009, I went there with Debbie Wells and her friends and despite doing a lot of 6 hour hikes in the Bakersfield heat and a few trail hikes like Half Dome and Mt Pinos, I did not make it to the top. I made it to 13,000 feet and had to turn around because because it was getting late and it is not safe to summit after 1pm. By the time I got back to the car, I was beat and thought this trail stuff is hard.
  • May Mileage - 344 
After the 2010 LA marathon, I decided to do my own 50 mile challenge at the Relay for Life event in May at CSUB. I raised some money and ended up walking 50 miles in around 22 hours. The course was 0.4 miles around and through the day I had to walk around a lot of people and then at night I was mainly by myself. It was a good walk to figure out how to eat and drink and keep moving for a long time. Besides a big blister on one foot, the 50 miler was pretty easy. 
  • June Mileage - 339
In early June, I traveled to the Rock N Roll marathon in San Diego. I was looking forward to running this race because I went to UCSD and ran my fastest marathon in San Diego (2:50) but this was an awful race in so many ways. The wave starts were dumb ( I started 50 minutes after the gun and it got hot,), the course was awful (Slanted concrete highways and 8 miles at butt ugly Mission Bay) and I did not feel good.

I started with a 2/2 (run/walk) but by mile 15, I just started walking and ended up walking the last ten miles with a nice lady from Arizona. I did the race in 6:10 but it was very disappointing and my hopes of finishing a trail 50 seemed remote. I was still in the 260 to 270 range and despite 80 mile weeks, I was not losing any weight. I was getting fitter because I was doing Joe's boot camp along with all those miles.
  •  July Mileage - 340
Besides training to do a fifty, I also had another goal: to summit Mt Whitney. Now this was not on my radar till the year before when I saw Debbie Wells and her friends on the bike path all the time and found out they were preparing for Whitney. So since I did not summit in 2009, I need to go back in 2010. Whitney and the Fifty would take the same kind of preparation and dedication.

In July, I did Half Dome again and the San Francisco marathon in 5:58 using a 2/2 run/walk strategy. I felt really good throughout the race and loved the weather. If I lived in the Bay Area I could do 200 mile weeks.I ended up running the same time as I did in LA: 5:58.
  • August Mileage - 338
In early August I returned to MT Whitney for a solo attempt and despite all the training, I did not summit. I made it to within a half mile of the summit and had to turn around. My stomach went sour and it got late. In the end the storms came in and it even snowed so turning around was the smart decision. By the time I made it to the car, I had been hiking for almost 24 hours and it was the hardest thing I have ever done.
  • September Mileage - 355
After the disappointment of Whitney, I had another failure in that I hoped to walk from Bakersfield to Tehachapi. When I started out it was warm and it only got hotter. The walk to Arvin was very boring and then when I headed through the hills, they were too steep and I realized that I might finish but it would have taken forever. In the end, I decided that it was not worth finishing.
  • October Mileage 345
 After a disappointing September, I has a good October. After many long runs with Sarah and Michael, I realized that I needed to run harder in races. They had run 5:30s and I knew i could but just needed to trust my training and push myself out of the barely sub six comfort zone. So at the Nike marathon, I decided to run with Diana and use a 1/3 strategy.

Though the pace felt fast in the early miles, by the time we got to the halfway point at the Golden Gate Park, I knew I was going to be able to run a fast time. It rained the whole second half but I did not care and I ended up running 5:31 and felt great. I even walked the 6 plus miles back to my hotel
  • .November Mileage 350
A few weeks after Nike I was at Fresno and was planning on running faster but I meet Jessica before the race and ran with her instead. She wanted to finish and break 6 hours and we did that. We used a 1/4 pattern and I felt really good the whole way and ran 5:28. Later in the month I did my first PCTR event and ran the Santa Monica Mountains 30k in 4:55.

too be continued...

Me finishing my first 50 miler!
My Race Recap:

I finished in 12:46:27 and came in 224 out of 234 finishers. The elevation gain was 8,434 ft and I spent ten minutes not moving. My average moving pace was 15:41 and my average pace was 15:41. The elevation loss was 8,377 and the max elevation was 5,252 ft and the min elevation was 3,017 ft.

At the start, I was surprised at how many people were there and how many were jockeying for a pole position. It almost felt like I was at a 10k race and when the race started, I felt like I was at a big city marathon for a little while because the road was narrow and the crowd was thick and slow moving.
Go!

This did not last long because we started uphill  from the get go.
First Three Miles.
  • Mile 1 / 1548 up 370 down 0
  • Mile 2 / 1355 up 284 down 0
  • Mile 3 / 1314 up 172 down 0
I was glad I had previewed these early miles, so I knew what to expect because all we did was climb and climb. of course this would be the theme of the day. Finally around mile 4, I actually ran a bit and realized we had more fire road to run because we were not doing the course that I had done in the training run months ago.

Sunrise
That day we did the 30k course, where we climbed a couple more miles and then got on the fun PCT. Today we were heading downhill to some valley and I knew we would have to climb back up to get to the PCT eventually.
  • Mile 4 / 1205 up 139 down 175
  • Mile 5 / 1250 up 46 down 116
  • Mile 6 / 1217 up 59 down 250
  • Mile 7 / 1116 up 0 down 107
  • Mile 8 / 1259 up 47 down 142
This par of the race was frustrating because I just can not run fast because of my size (240 pounds). I have to hold back or I will be like a runaway truck on the Grapevine. So I get passed by people and lose time on these sections of the course. Fitness wise I feel great but if I run fast I will destroy my joints so I have to just run along in first gear and watch the sports cars go by.

Just before the first aid station.
  • Mile 9 / 1615 up 441 down 0
  • Mile 10 / 1454 up 179 down 19
  • Mile 11 / 1615 up 124 down 154
PCT Entrance
30ker who thought she was lost.
At around 8 miles, we made it to the first aid station but I just grabbed a couple cups of coke and some chips and headed up the next climb. I caught quite a few as we headed to the PCT and as we got close to the PCT, we could see the 30kers. They started an hour after us and were moving faster then I was. It was nice to have company at this point and the trail is downhill and very runnable.
My friend Monica getting ready to pass me.
  • Mile 12 / 1258 up 0 down 256
  • Mile 13 / 1425 up 126 down 140
  • Mile 14 / 1423 up 45 down 194
  • Mile 15 / 1344 up 65 down 400
  • Mile 16 / 1541 up 0 down 449
One of the 30k leaders.

Besides the 30kers passing me, soon I had 30kers coming up the trail as well. This kept it interesting but also slowed me down a bit because the trail is pretty narrow so often I had to stop and step to the side. This often involved so slipping and falling almost at times, so it was not an ideal situation especially since I over 30 miles to go. But eventually I got to the bottom of the hill to the aid station which was also the 30k turn around.
Monica leaving the aid station.
This aid station was the biggest one on the course and was right by the main road. It was also where one could have a drop bag (I did not use a drop bag). I spent a couple minutes here refilling my Nathan, eating chips and I grabbed a banana, It was pretty hectic here with all the aid station workers and all the 30kers too. A nice lady offered me homemade cookies but I passed on them because sweets taste awful when I am out running for a long time.

It was nice to be leaving the 30kers but I knew I would soon be dodging 50kers. I also that we were going to be going uphill for awhile and it was going to be hard. We were to climb 1050 feet in two miles. That is a 10% average climb by the way.
  • Mile 17 / 1901 up 441 down 0
  • Mile 18 / 2040 up 609 down 0
50ker
 As you can see by the photo some of this trail was steep and the footing was not the best. Going up hurt the lungs but I knew going down was going to kill the joints. Once I got to the top the steepest section, I still had two miles of climbing before I got to the next aid station. Sadly on my way to this aid station, I saw the first 50 miler who decided to make it a 50k day.
Changed to the 50k.

I wish they also listed the DNFs and those who bailed out of the 50 miler and did the 50k instead. Really think you should not be credited for a 50k finish if you entered the 50 miler. I know heading to the 20 mile aid station that I saw a number of blue numbers (40 milers) heading back in.

I have no problem with knowing when to say uncle but you should not get an official 50k finish time. Plus knowing this option was available made bailing on the 50 miler easier for some and may have impacted the awards in the race too. But oh well.
  • Mile 19 - 17:20 up 309 down 14
  • Mile 20 - 16:48 up 218 down 74
Just before I got to the 20 mile aid station, the first 50 miler ran by me. he was moving fast and ended up winning the race in 6:24:46. 24 year old James Bonnet was at mile 40 when he passed me. He averaged 4:40 miles the whole!
50 Mile Champ!
When I got to the 20/40 mile aid station, the second place finisher was there (Jorge Pacheco) and there was a lot of excitement in the air.I chugged some more coke and looked for some sports drink but they were out. Some one offered me salt tablets but I never do new things during a race so I grabbed some more chips and a banana and head off to the next aid station.
RunnerLand Aid Station
As I headed to the next aid station, more of the leaders started to pass by me. One that looked super strong was the eventual female winner (Aliza LaPierre) who won the woman's race in a time of 7:37:56 and came in 12th overall.
First woman.
  • Mile 21 - 1713 up 74 down 65
  • Mile 22 - 1544 up 110 down 89
  • Mile 23 - 1639 up 201 down 67
  • Mile 24 - 1901 up up 240 down 48
 These miles were along the ridgeline and were in the shade most of the time. The single track made dodging the returning traffic dodgy and often I stumbled getting out of the way of the faster returning runners. By the time I got to the 80s aid station I was in need of some food and coke. At the aid station I actually caught a couple runners but heading out of the trail the return traffic got even thicker.
80s aid station.

  • Mile 25 - 1857 up 399 down 302
  • Mile 26 - 1719 up 444 down 205
  • Mile 27 - 1512 up 182 down 329
As you can tell, the single track went up in these miles  but I knew soon that I would be going downhill soon on a fire road to the turn around at mile 29.
Crowded on the trail.
The following I wrote before I wrote the above. I was reporting on my overall finish and wished that the results listed how many started the 50 miler because I came in 222nd out of 232 finishers but a number dropped out or decided to do the 50k instead.
  •  Mile 28 - 1355 up 0 down 458
  • Mile 29 - 1350 up 0 down 247
I want to start my recap around the half way point when we went down that fire road. Until then, I had been just putting along and trying to stay hydrated and on some kind of pace. I knew there was a road but I did not preview it and did not know exactly how long it was. It appears to be over two miles long and it was ugly! By this point my camera was dead and from the looks of those climbing this beast, I doubt few wanted their picture taken.

At this point my left knee was bothering me and my 240 pounds was not doing me any favors. A couple people passed me and I could not take advantage of the downhill very much. I barely broke 14 minute pace and was very frustrated that I could not go faster but I had to protect my knee. As I descended, I saw that everyone was moving slow and thought that I was going to lose a lot of time going up as well. But I knew I could walk uphill fast so I hoped for the best.

I got to the aid station and they were all out of coke or mountain dew so I drank some ginger ale and grabbed some chips for the salt. i was hoping for a banana but they were gone and everything else was too sweet. Then I saw a bag of bread and asked for a slice. They want to but something on it but I just wanted the bread and took off.

As soon as I bit into the bread, I wished I had taken a couple of slices because it tasted great! But i was not turning around and I felt really good. Not having the pounding of going downhill, I could just muscle my way up the hill and I started catching people. The best part is when I caught a couple really fit looking young guys (They were 31 from Newport Beach) about halfway up the hill.

They were very surprised when I went by them and one exclaimed "UNBELIEVABLE" and both gave me props. I told them they would catch me on the flats as I walked away from them. I also caught a couple more runners and then finally the very long warm climb was over and we were back on the ridge line single track that snaked along in the trees.
  • Mile 30 - 1825 up 169 down 80
  • Mile 31 - 1640 up 373 down 0
  • Mile 32 - 1828 up 443 down 39
On this section, just about everyone I caught passed me because I just can not run fast because of my size. When I got to the 80s aid station (mile 36) I was feeling good and chugged some coke and got a bagel and continue my leaping frogging with a little gal in red. We went back and forth depending on the terrain and it was good to have someone to pace off.
  • Mile 33 - 1529 up 78 down 267
  • Mile 34 - 1522 up 258 down 420
  • Mile 35 - 1614 up 67 down 172
  • Mile 36 - 1734 up 26 down 168
Over the next few miles to the mile 40 aid station, I ran with the little gal in red. It was nice having someone to share the pace with and it did make the miles go by a little quicker. when we got to the 40 mile aid station, I was so glad they had some sports drink. I had only gotten water for most of the race and I really needed something else.
  •  Mile 37 - 1615 up 68 down 168
  • Mile 38 - 1701 up 97 down 121
  • Mile 39 - 1733 up 96 down 78
At this aid station one of the workers made a concoction that was diluted sports drink with salt in it and it worked. I filled my Nathan with it and it really helped over the last ten miles. Now ten miles is a magic number for me because on Tuesdays and Thursdays I always walk at least ten miles so when I get to ten miles to go, I just think it is only a Bagel walk. From my house to Bagels & Blenderz is ten miles and I do that distance so much that it is easy for me.
  • Mile 40 - 1534 up 0 down 326
  • Mile 41 - 1501 up 26 down 614
  • Mile 42 - 1454 up 17 down 435
The next three miles were downhill and in two miles we dropped over a thousand feet which is a 10% grade. About half way down the hill, we caught the Newport Boys and  they were not looking to good. I could not run as fast as i wanted because the hill was so steep and i was afraid of falling and/or hurting myself. But when I got to the 43 mile aid station, I was feeling good and was ready to hit the climb. I had three shots of MT Dew and grabbed some pretzels and I was out of there in less than a minute. 
    • Mile 43 - 1818 up 310 down 176
    • Mile 44 - 1943 up 436 down 11
    • Mile 45 - 1756 up 252 down 156
    • Mile 46 - 1806 up 212 down 26
    The next four miles were uphill and even though I felt great, I was not moving that fast. I caught one gal going up and knew I had to keep pushing so I would make the cut off. The evening was lovely and no one was around. Far off in the distance, I could see the fire road that returned us to the finish and I saw a few people going up it and the aid station.

    When I got to the aid station, they asked what I needed and I said anything but water. They said they had Dr.Pepper and I was very pleased. Dr. Pepper has fueled all of my ultra training runs and it was nice to have it at the last aid station. The best thing was they had small bottles so I could take one with me. Then I headed up the final hill and realized I was almost done.
    • Mile 47 - 1407 up 80 down 201
    • Mile 48 - 1316 up 0 down 248
    • Mile 49 - 1020 up 0 down 364
    With the sun going down, the view was beautiful and if the road had not been so steep, I would have ran in faster. In the end, my last 2 miles were my fastest of the day and when I got back to the community center, I was able to sprint in. Over the last miles, I put a lot of time on my nearest competitors and I accomplished a goal that I had set over 30 years ago. I became an official Ultra-Marathoner!


    My Garmin Stats:
    15:41 Average
    1. 1548
    2. 1355
    3. 1314
    4. 1205
    5. 1250
    6. 1217
    7. 1116
    8. 1259
    9. 1615
    10. 1454
    11. 1238
    12. 1258
    13. 1425
    14. 1423
    15. 1344
    16. 1541
    17. 1901
    18. 2040
    19. 1720
    20. 1648
    21. 1713
    22. 1544
    23. 1639
    24. 1901
    25. 1857
    26. 1719
    27. 1512
    28. 1355
    29. 1350
    30. 1825
    31. 1640
    32. 1828
    33. 1529
    34. 1522
    35. 1614
    36. 1734
    37. 1615
    38. 1701
    39. 1733
    40. 1534
    41. 1501
    42. 1454
    43. 1818
    44. 1943
    45. 1756
    46. 1806
    47. 1407
    48. 1316
    49. 1103
    Mile 20
    Did miles 30 to 43 with her.
    Caught them at mile 30, recaught them at mile 4.
    Him and his friend could not believe I caught them.
    Division: 50 Mile   
    Place     Bib #     Name     Start     Finish     Elapsed     Age     Gender     City   
    1     288     James Bonnet     6:03:00     12:27:46     6:24:46     24     M       
    2     199     Jorge Pacheco     6:03:00     12:35:14     6:32:14     43     M     Los Angeles   
    3     229     Kent Ryhorchuk     6:03:00     12:40:03     6:37:03     36     M     Portola Valley   
    4     111     Fabrice Hardel     6:03:00     12:46:27     6:43:27     37     M     San Diego   
    5     209     Chris Price     6:03:00     12:57:25     6:54:25     30     M     Thousand Oaks   
    6     121     Evan Hone     6:03:00     13:05:51     7:02:51     33     M     Thousand Oaks   
    7     106     Michael Halter     6:03:00     13:25:32     7:22:32     31     M     Lancaster   
    8     12     Piotr Baizert     6:03:00     13:27:45     7:24:45     31     M     Ridgecrest   
    9     177     Shad Mickelberry     6:03:00     13:31:41     7:28:41     35     M     Las Vegas   
    10     239     Christophe Sigel     6:03:00     13:31:50     7:28:50     39     M     San Diego   
    11     42     Michael Carson     6:03:00     13:37:11     7:34:11     24     M     Gold Canyon   
    12     151     Aliza Lapierre     6:03:00     13:40:56     7:37:56     30     F     Williston   
    13     157     Peter Livingston     6:03:00     13:56:53     7:53:53     38     M     Wrightwood   
    14     286     Paulette Zillmer     6:03:00     14:02:07     7:59:07     28     F     Scottsdale   
    15     56     Will Cooper     6:03:00     14:13:25     8:10:25     48     M     Corona Del Mar   
    16     16     Maggie Beach     6:03:00     14:18:32     8:15:32     39     F     La Crescenta   
    17     190     Sean O'brien     6:03:00     14:18:37     8:15:37     48     M     Los Angeles   
    18     2     Brandon Adame     6:03:00     14:19:40     8:16:40     33     M     West Covina   
    19     25     Neil Blake     6:03:00     14:21:50     8:18:50     45     M     Rio Rancho   
    20     83     Steve Fry     6:03:00     14:24:19     8:21:19     53     M     Riverside   
    21     8     Marco Arteaga     6:03:00     14:24:38     8:21:38     46     M     Colton   
    22     291     Christopher Mead     6:03:00     14:28:53     8:25:53     40     M       
    23     59     Lucas Crespin     6:03:00     14:31:26     8:28:26     26     M     Littleton   
    24     170     Mike McDonald     6:03:00     14:33:04     8:30:04     47     M     Thousand Oaks   
    25     103     Katie Haldeman     6:03:00     14:33:29     8:30:29     29     F     Santa Barbara   
    26     98     Ken Gordon     6:03:00     14:35:45     8:32:45     46     M     Albuquerque   
    27     123     Rick Hoopes     6:03:00     14:36:46     8:33:46     56     M     Lincoln   
    28     274     Kurt Whittington     6:03:00     14:38:25     8:35:25     33     M     Stanton   
    29     197     Jaime Ortiz     6:03:00     14:41:09     8:38:09     50     M     South Gate   
    30     66     Lance Doherty     6:03:00     14:42:04     8:39:04     34     M     San Leandro   
    31     256     Masahiko Tamakami     6:03:00     14:43:10     8:40:10     39     M     Torrance   
    32     164     Cari Martin     6:03:00     14:45:58     8:42:58     39     F     Aptos   
    33     171     Ruperto Romero     6:03:00     14:47:35     8:44:35     47     M     Huntington Park   
    34     28     Adam Bowman     6:03:00     14:47:43     8:44:43     32     M     Pasadena   
    35     272     Mark Warren     6:03:00     14:49:04     8:46:04     43     M     Santa Barbara   
    36     76     Ambrose Fisher     6:03:00     14:49:28     8:46:28     42     M     Manhattan Beach   
    37     292     Andy Kumeda     6:03:00     14:53:55     8:50:55     43     M       
    38     119     Todd Hiskey     6:03:00     14:55:33     8:52:33     46     M     Glendora   
    39     130     Matt James     6:03:00     14:57:35     8:54:35     34     M     Fresno   
    40     191     Monica Ochs     6:03:00     14:58:22     8:55:22     42     F     Anacortes   
    41     203     Gerardo Perez     6:03:00     14:59:26     8:56:26     46     M     Elizabeth Lake   
    42     202     Angel Perez     6:03:00     15:03:00     9:00:00     39     M     Joshua Tree   
    43     221     David Rhodes     6:03:00     15:05:52     9:02:52     41     M     San Ramon   
    44     231     Andy Salinger     6:03:00     15:06:55     9:03:55     42     M     Oak Park   
    45     212     Tim Putney     6:03:00     15:08:31     9:05:31     36     M     San Ramon   
    46     80     Geoffrey Foote     6:03:00     15:09:35     9:06:35     43     M     Chandler   
    47     240     Kari Sinoff     6:03:00     15:11:33     9:08:33     49     F     Mt. Shasta   
    48     88     Chris Gaggia     6:03:00     15:11:49     9:08:49     41     M     Bishop   
    49     156     Suzie Lister     6:03:00     15:12:19     9:09:19     46     F     San Ramon   
    50     184     Katie Murphy     6:03:00     15:12:19     9:09:19     28     F     San Ramon   
    51     241     Kyoung Moon Son     6:03:00     15:12:34     9:09:34     45     M     Lawrenceville   
    52     186     James Murray     6:03:00     15:17:51     9:14:51     50     M     Willow   
    53     91     Brandon Gaudren     6:03:00     15:19:59     9:16:59     34     M     San Diego   
    54     39     Dan Burke     6:03:00     15:21:32     9:18:32     52     M     Danville   
    55     29     Joanna Boyd     6:03:00     15:23:09     9:20:09     32     F     Reno   
    56     14     Wendy Barth     6:03:00     15:23:56     9:20:56     39     F     Glendora   
    57     175     David Messman     6:03:00     15:24:13     9:21:13     50     M     Walnut Creek   
    58     117     Joe Herzog     6:03:00     15:24:21     9:21:21     43     M     Moorpark   
    59     167     Erin Maruoka     6:03:00     15:24:28     9:21:28     34     F     Santa Monica   
    60     273     Robert Whited     6:03:00     15:25:13     9:22:13     46     M     Riverside   
    61     150     Jeff Lang     6:03:00     15:25:52     9:22:52     43     M     Oakland   
    62     173     Ray Mena     6:03:00     15:26:37     9:23:37     55     M     Long Beach   
    63     94     J Russell Gill III     6:03:00     15:27:30     9:24:30     47     M     Charlottesville   
    64     131     Donovan Jenkins     6:03:00     15:27:36     9:24:36     29     M     Northridge   
    65     277     Christina Williams     6:03:00     15:28:57     9:25:57     27     F     Lafayette   
    66     161     Michael Maccoss     6:03:00     15:29:45     9:26:45     36     M     Seattle   
    67     54     Howard Cohen     6:03:00     15:30:59     9:27:59     52     M     Newbury Park   
    68     218     Jeff Reifers     6:03:00     15:31:20     9:28:20     48     M     Danville   
    69     1     Yishaiya Abosch     6:03:00     15:33:29     9:30:29     45     M     Fresno   
    70     69     Dion Doshier     6:03:00     15:35:36     9:32:36     42     M     Fresno   
    71     53     Paulstephen Chierico     6:03:00     15:36:18     9:33:18     30     M     Oceanside   
    72     253     Eric Swenson     6:03:00     15:36:32     9:33:32     30     M     Las Vegas   
    73     77     John Fisher     6:03:00     15:37:37     9:34:37     51     M     Santa Clarita   
    74     68     Douglas Donovan     6:03:00     15:37:38     9:34:38     40     M     Henderson   
    75     158     Francisco Lopez     6:03:00     15:38:36     9:35:36     54     M     Los Angeles   
    76     165     Emilio Martinez     6:03:00     15:38:36     9:35:36     41     M     Arleta   
    77     144     Jeff Kozak     6:03:00     15:40:34     9:37:34     36     M     Bishop   
    78     285     Megan Yu     6:03:00     15:42:53     9:39:53     35     F     Del Mar   
    79     114     Casey Harney     6:03:00     15:42:55     9:39:55     54     M     Henderson   
    80     132     Tamara Johnson     6:03:00     15:44:31     9:41:31     46     F     Pleasant Hill   
    81     20     David Bell     6:03:00     15:45:10     9:42:10     27     M     Murrieta   
    82     32     Craig Bronstein     6:03:00     15:46:18     9:43:18     55     M     La Mirada   
    83     275     Ronni Wilde     6:03:00     15:46:54     9:43:54     50     F     Pine Mountain Club   
    84     102     Ole Gron     6:03:00     15:47:19     9:44:19     37     M     San Diego   
    85     207     Charles Poole     6:03:00     15:47:52     9:44:52     41     M     Palmdale   
    86     33     David Brunken     6:03:00     15:49:33     9:46:33     46     M     Moreno Valley   
    87     92     Eric Gerritsen     6:03:00     15:50:25     9:47:25     52     M     Covina   
    88     107     Ron Hammett     6:03:00     15:51:35     9:48:35     40     M     Las Vegas   
    89     254     Keith Swiatkowski     6:03:00     15:52:52     9:49:52     39     M     Escondido   
    90     139     Stephen Kirby     6:03:00     15:53:08     9:50:08     27     M     San Diego   
    91     71     Jason Dufresne     6:03:00     15:53:32     9:50:32     33     M     San Diego   
    92     23     Steven Bernhardt     6:03:00     15:53:39     9:50:39     46     M     Austin   
    93     159     Alex Luedtke     6:03:00     15:54:59     9:51:59     26     M     Carlsbad   
    94     289     Thomas Heinzel     6:03:00     15:55:19     9:52:19     42     M       
    95     280     Dave Winkler     6:03:00     15:55:33     9:52:33     48     M     Simi Valley   
    96     195     Ricardo Ornelas     6:03:00     15:56:04     9:53:04     38     M     San DiMas   
    97     149     Lupe Labourdett     6:03:00     15:56:49     9:53:49     51     F     Concord   
    98     44     Edgar Igor Campos     6:03:00     16:00:03     9:57:03     26     M     Chula Vista   
    99     282     Helen Wu     6:03:00     16:00:28     9:57:28     33     F     Santa Monica   
    100     18     Andrew Beauchamp     6:03:00     16:01:55     9:58:55     50     M     Alta Loma   
    101     185     Michael Murphy     6:03:00     16:03:05     10:00:05     36     M     Laguna Beach   
    102     141     Dennis Koors     6:03:00     16:06:58     10:03:58     38     M     Oak Park   
    103     24     David Binder     6:03:00     16:09:51     10:06:51     43     M     Los Angeles   
    104     95     Yitzhak Gilon     6:03:00     16:09:55     10:06:55     61     M     Mount Aukum   
    105     48     Kim Ann Fuess     6:03:00     16:11:08     10:08:08     52     F     Elizabeth Lake   
    106     252     Jeffrey Sutton     6:03:00     16:12:28     10:09:28     38     M     Placentia   
    107     228     Janet Rosenfeld     6:03:00     16:12:34     10:09:34     44     F     Vancouver   
    108     245     Mike Stephens     6:03:00     16:13:32     10:10:32     52     M     Simi Valley   
    109     128     Carrie Hyatt     6:03:00     16:13:38     10:10:38     38     F     Granite Bay   
    110     163     Maria Madueno     6:03:00     16:14:37     10:11:37     54     F     Chula Vista   
    111     9     Mike Artino     6:03:00     16:15:15     10:12:15     38     M     Lomita   
    112     3     Paul Akiyama     6:03:00     16:15:46     10:12:46     67     M     Chino Hills   
    113     108     John Hampton     6:03:00     16:18:26     10:15:26     44     M     Long Beach   
    114     147     Thomas Kuerten     6:03:00     16:20:14     10:17:14     44     M     Hermosa Beach   
    115     154     Maria Lemus     6:03:00     16:20:27     10:17:27     47     F     Los Angeles   
    116     237     Hoberto Serrano     6:03:00     16:20:29     10:17:29     45     M     Downey   
    117     266     Arturo Valdez     6:03:00     16:20:30     10:17:30     47     M     Panorama City   
    118     13     Scott Barnes     6:03:00     16:22:32     10:19:32     29     M     Anaheim   
    119     205     David Plank     6:03:00     16:22:38     10:19:38     37     M     Tampa   
    120     81     Tiffany Foster     6:03:00     16:24:48     10:21:48     28     F     Phoenix   
    121     220     Olga Reyes     6:03:00     16:26:08     10:23:08     52     F     Los Angeles   
    122     99     Erica Gratton     6:03:00     16:26:46     10:23:46     38     F     Thousand Oaks   
    123     233     James Schoelles     6:03:00     16:26:51     10:23:51     44     M     Claremont   
    124     137     Gerald Killeen     6:03:00     16:27:01     10:24:01     59     M     Ridgecrest   
    125     133     Vanessa Jones     6:03:00     16:28:47     10:25:47     49     F     Wrightwood   
    126     267     Sylvere Valentin     6:03:00     16:31:01     10:28:01     33     M     Los Angeles   
    127     43     Edgar Campos     6:03:00     16:31:05     10:28:05     57     M     Chula Vista   
    128     265     Tina Ure     6:03:00     16:31:33     10:28:33     51     F     Mt. Shasta   
    129     47     Jordan Carr     6:03:00     16:33:02     10:30:02     26     M     Santa Monica   
    130     242     Brent Speers     6:03:00     16:33:47     10:30:47     53     M     South Pasadena   
    131     169     Ronald Matty     6:03:00     16:33:48     10:30:48     42     M     Alhambra   
    132     127     James Hutson     6:03:00     16:34:44     10:31:44     40     M     Lafayette   
    133     166     Pedro Martinez     6:03:00     16:35:17     10:32:17     25     M     Van Nuys   
    134     140     Joe Kisner     6:03:00     16:35:22     10:32:22     45     M     Huntington Beach   
    135     247     Nicole Stjean     6:03:00     16:35:27     10:32:27     35     F     Santa Monica   
    136     86     Steven Funke     6:03:00     16:38:16     10:35:16     50     M     Alta Loma   
    137     210     Mike Price     6:03:00     16:38:25     10:35:25     61     M     Salt Lake City   
    138     120     Brian Holthausen     6:03:00     16:38:32     10:35:32     51     M     Los Angeles   
    139     200     Steven Patt     6:03:00     16:38:57     10:35:57     62     M     Cupertino   
    140     79     John Fletcher     6:03:00     16:40:03     10:37:03     32     M     San Diego   
    141     145     Dave Kriegbaum     6:03:00     16:40:03     10:37:03     31     M     San Diego   
    142     243     Michelle Speers     6:03:00     16:41:16     10:38:16     46     F     South Pasadena   
    143     17     Rick Bearden     6:03:00     16:41:24     10:38:24     54     M     Calimesa   
    144     148     Elizabeth Labau     6:03:00     16:41:57     10:38:57     30     F     Pasadena   
    145     259     Liam Thier     6:03:00     16:42:39     10:39:39     34     M     El Cajon   
    146     41     Yolanda Camarena     6:03:00     16:44:06     10:41:06     35     F     Yorba Linda   
    147     217     Donna Reed     6:03:00     16:44:12     10:41:12     44     F     Santa Ana   
    148     278     Dan Williams     6:03:00     16:45:48     10:42:48     62     M     Lafayette   
    149     258     Annie Tenwick     6:03:00     16:46:29     10:43:29     34     F     Santa Monica   
    150     125     Carolyn Howard     6:03:00     16:47:44     10:44:44     45     F     Thousand Oaks   
    151     201     Clay Patten     6:03:00     16:47:45     10:44:45     51     M     Quartz Hill   
    152     30     Michael Brewer     6:03:00     16:48:32     10:45:32     38     M     Monterey   
    153     70     Charity Dubberley     6:03:00     16:48:54     10:45:54     29     F     Santa Barbara   
    154     250     Elaine Stypula     6:03:00     16:49:34     10:46:34     45     F     Farmington Hills   
    155     113     Tarrah Harnden     6:03:00     16:54:45     10:51:45     28     F     West Covina   
    156     49     John Cassidy     6:03:00     16:56:05     10:53:05     46     M     Colorado Springs   
    157     227     Chuck Rose     6:03:00     16:57:54     10:54:54     45     M     San Marcos   
    158     62     Suzy Degazon     6:03:00     16:58:11     10:55:11     47     F     Glendora   
    159     230     Michael Sacco     6:03:00     16:59:15     10:56:15     30     M     West Hollywood   
    160     138     David Kim     6:03:00     16:59:17     10:56:17     33     M     Irvine   
    161     36     Grant Bullis     6:03:00     17:03:54     11:00:54     45     M     Newport Beach   
    162     269     John Voorhis     6:03:00     17:04:02     11:01:02     56     M     Santa Barbara   
    163     196     Hayden Ortiz     6:03:00     17:07:24     11:04:24     15     M     North Tustin   
    164     143     Ryan Kovacs     6:03:00     17:09:17     11:06:17     29     M     San Diego   
    165     10     James Austin     6:03:00     17:13:38     11:10:38     60     M     Northville   
    166     244     Cyndi Stacy     6:03:00     17:13:59     11:10:59     45     F     Burbank   
    167     215     William Ramsey     6:03:00     17:14:01     11:11:01     57     M     Aliso Viejo   
    168     160     Kevin Lutz     6:03:00     17:16:04     11:13:04     53     M     Santa Clarita   
    169     87     Ben Gaetos     6:03:00     17:17:01     11:14:01     53     M     Los Angeles   
    170     222     Cheri Rich     6:03:00     17:22:09     11:19:09     49     F     Monrovia   
    171     193     Mark Olson     6:03:00     17:24:11     11:21:11     63     M     Covina   
    172     219     Dameion Renault     6:03:00     17:27:04     11:24:04     34     M     Garden Grove   
    173     74     Francisco Fabian     6:03:00     17:27:53     11:24:53     59     M     Covina   
    174     174     Art Messier     6:03:00     17:28:04     11:25:04     82     M     San Diego   
    175     213     Tony Quesada     6:03:00     17:30:00     11:27:00     41     M     Los Angeles   
    176     283     Kevin Young     6:03:00     17:30:57     11:27:57     54     M     Santa Barbara   
    177     78     Kevin Fitzgerald     6:03:00     17:35:05     11:32:05     46     M     Northridge   
    178     287     Tim Davis     6:03:00     17:36:45     11:33:45     36     M       
    179     109     Mori Hannemann     6:03:00     17:37:24     11:34:24     45     M     Las Vegas   
    180     82     Chris Frost     6:03:00     17:38:16     11:35:16     60     M     Malibu   
    181     236     Sangho Seo     6:03:00     17:38:50     11:35:50     50     M     Los Angeles   
    182     264     Bob Ulloa     6:03:00     17:39:33     11:36:33     61     M     Porterville   
    183     136     Paul Kankowski     6:03:00     17:43:59     11:40:59     38     M     Temecula   
    184     204     Kim Perlmutter     6:03:00     17:45:13     11:42:13     51     F     Oxnard   
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    204     7     Rogelio Arjon     6:03:00     18:16:43     12:13:43     38     M     North Hollywood   
    205     40     Tom Bychowski     6:03:00     18:17:54     12:14:54     54     M     Aliso Viejo   
    206     178     Caitlyn Middlestead     6:03:00     18:18:04     12:15:04     25     F     Santee   
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    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    What a Day & Night?

    Some of my Bakersfield Distance Projecters!
    I started this on Tumblr but it doesn't work well with a long post so I will continue it here. I left off with Tom and I deciding what to wear with the storm brewing to the north of us. O decided to wear my Nike Coach jackey but left my arm warmers in the car which in hindsight was a mistake. Then Tom, his daughter and I headed to find our team mates.
    The Ryans heading to the light.
    The crew in their lair.
    We found out via text that all of our friends were hanging out behind home plate so we headed there but first I had to make a pit stop which ended being a long wait. The stadium has a lot of urinals but few stalls so the wait was super long but finally I was able to find my group who were freezing and decided to find a warm place to hangout for the next hour or so. but finally it was time to head to the start and as we walked over there it started to drizzle.
    So fashionable!

    First Timer Evy!
    When we got to the start, I knew we were in for a wet one. The crowds were huge and we could not even get on the road for the start and had to wait to get through the small opening in the gate. By now it was starting to rain more and we started eying all the discarded clothes for rain gear.

    My partner in crime for the day was Lyndie who also wanted to break 5 hours and planned on a four minute run / one minute walk strategy.
    Lyndie!!!
    She found a nice rain jacket.
    It took us over 10 minutes to cross the starting line and then we off in pursuit of our sub five hour marathon. Last year the race went completely around the stadium but this year we head downhill to Chinatown.
    Going downtown.
    Chinatown
    • Mile 1 - 10:54 pace / up 54 & down 103
    • Mile 2 - 10:05 / up 44 & down 198
    • Mile 4 - 11:16 / up 35 & down 29
    • Mile 5 - 11:20 / up 92 & down 56
    In these first miles, we ran a little more than we planned but when you are going downhill, you need to take advantage of gravity. Some of the sites we saw in the first five miles were Olivera street, city hall, Little Toyko and the Dorthy Chandler Music Center.
    Dorthy Chandler
    So far the pace felt easy and we were not going out fast but I thought I needed to pick it up a bit. Before Surf City my goal was to break five hours at LA but after I paced Diana to a 5:06, I started to thing I could maybe run sub eleven minute miles the whole way and get a sub 4:50 time. Then I ran the BTC Fun Run Five miler and ran sub nines the whole way and then I really started to think even faster.

    My 5 miler predicted a sub 4:20 marathon but I knew that was completely unrealistic but sub 4:40 might be doable. In hindsight, I wish I had not run such a great 5 miler the week before LA because it almost cost me my sub five hour run. So even though I knew I had a sub five in the bag if I took it easy, I figured I would go for broke and maybe  bust a really great time.

    So I decided to push the pace a bit and see what happen. Unfortunately this meant leaving Lyndie who was taking a more conservative approach to her race.
    • Mile 6 - 10:41 / up 102 & down 33
    • Mile 7 - 10:09 / up 49 & down 81
    • Mile 8 - 10:31 / up 36 & down 40
    • Mile 9 - 10:32 / up 72 & down 28
    • Mile 10 - 10:35 / up 0 & down 15
    These miles felt good but i was pushing it a bit and at times it started rain really hard. Though the rain did not bother my feet, I know my shoes and clothing were adding pounds to my already large size. I went into the race at around 245 but I may have been a little heavier. As I said earlier, I had felt ill earlier in the week and went off my low  carb diet a little sooner that I wanted too. But when you feel awful, a low carb diet can make you feel worse because you have zero energy.

    So I knew I was heavy and did not want to get on the scale and be disheartened more. When I got how from the race I was 244 btw. From mile 6 to 10, we past Echo Park Lake and Barnsdall Park. This part of the course was kind of dull and at times it was really raining hard.
    • Mile 11 - 10:30 / up 49 down 26
    • Mile 12 - 10:44 / up 47 down 119
    • Mile 13 - 11:06 / up 27 down 0
    • Mile 14 - 10:56 / up 60 down 21
    • Mile 15 - 11:03 / up 0 down 143
    The above miles are very scenic in that we pass the Capitol Records Tower, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and the Whiskey A Go Go.But I started to slow down a bit too.Often i seem to fade around the half way point and then I am able to recover but I think the rain was taking it's toll. The main issue  was the weight of my soaked clothes and shoes which weighed me down and changed my stride as well.

    The rain also made my walk/run strategy harder to maintain in that it one cooled down to much on the walk and starting back up was more difficult as well. So I ran more than I wanted and was not running efficiently because of the extra weight and the wet roads.  Mile 15 to the West Hollywood area was particular hard do to the footing. There was a sheen of water cascading down this steep hill and I saw a few fall going down.

    When we got to West Hollywood Wes passed me like I was standing still. This was his and Monica's first marathon and it was going to be a memorable one.
    Wes in Bolthouse Orange
    No sooner did Wes (4:55:37) leave me that his girlfriend Monica (5:00:54) caught me. I was able to run with her for a few miles but she was not taking any walking breaks so before we got to the 405, I had to let her go. In the end, I finished between them (4:56:39).

    After Monica left me, I just looked for any pace group I could find that was moving faster then myself. The first group I found would run for what seemed to be 6 or 7 minutes and then they would come to a screeching halt almost. They even completely stopped at times which I think is an awful idea. Even if you are waiting for a friend, you should keep moving forward and just slow your pace. To completely stop is just plain stupid.

    By know it was raining no stop and often the road was flooded and sometimes we had to make detours. Going through the Veteran's Administration area is always hard because it is around the 20 mile mark and there is a climb there.
    • Mile 16 - 11:36 / up 6 down 56
    • Mile 17 - 12:11 / up 48 down 0
    • Mile 18 - 12:15 / up 44 down 42
    • Mile 19 - 11:04 / up 28 down 45
    • Mile 20 - 12:05 / up 28 down 46
    At long last I got on San Vincente and knew the end was near. I like running her because the road is good and it is downhill. Plus there is always a good crowd cheering the runners on. This where a large group of sub five hour marathoners caught me. Their pacer was pretty good so I just joined their group of 20 plus and hung on. Like most pace groups, they run too fast and walk too slow but I was able to stay with them.

    On one of our walk breaks, someone came up on me fats and gave me a hug. It was Lyndi (4:52ish, her number did not work) who I had not seen since mile 5. I believe were were 2 or 3 miles from the finish. Now in marathons, rarely do I get passed in the final miles and if I do, I can run with them for awhile. Lyndi just left me instantly and had a huge smile on her face.
    • Mile 21 - 11:57 / up 41 down 11
    • Mile 22 - 12:52 / up 77 down 0
    • Mile 23 - 12:30 / up 23 down 33
    • Mile 24 - 11:28 / up 20 down 11
    • Mile 25 - 11:18 / up 0 down 97 
    • Mile 26 - 10:42 / up 22 down 118
    • Mile 26.55 - 9:23 / up 0 and down 57
    As you can see, the  wheels really came off for miles 22 and 23. My thighs and hips were very sore and running quickly was becoming difficult. I believe the leg fatigue came from the weather and the lack of running in my training. I do 100 plus mile weeks but rarely run more than ten to 20 miles for the whole week. This works for a pace slower than 10 minute miles but when you have to go faster, you need more specificity in your training.

    So in the future, I hope to up the % of miles I run each week. Another thing I have to learn to deal with is my perception of time. In the past, I was averaging 13 minute miles so in the last miles of a race, I always had a cushion (at least mentally) but when you goal pace is 11 minute miles, there is very little cushion. I distinctly remember hitting mile 23 with a little over 40 minutes to go for a sub 5 and thinking that is a little over 13 minute pace. In the past that was fast for me and so I kind of freaked out a bit.

    The old me had to push to run that pace and I feared if I slowed at all, I would miss the sub five mark. but i was able to bring pace back to the low elevens and finish with my goal of breaking five hours.
    • My Garmin Stats HERE 
    • Time 04:56:41 / Moving Time 04:52:02
    • Avg. Pace 11:10 / Avg. Moving Pace 11:00 / Best Pace.7:27
    • Elevation Gain 1,031 ft Elevation Loss 1,449 ft
    • Distance 26.55 miles / Calories 5,023

    too be continued...